The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, Jim Gray said that he is planning to relocate the city's Confederate statues amid Charlottesville protests. "I think moving the statues to Veterans Park will allow the city to still honor history", Kay said.
The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week.
"The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week ..."
Gray tweeted on Saturday that his decision was accelerated in response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Mayor Jim Gray said he will ask the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Council to seek permission from a statewide commission to remove the monuments from the courthouse grounds, CBS News reported.
Gray specifically pointed to Confederate statues of John C. Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan on the lawn of the former courthouse.
Gray's announcement to move the statues the same day as multiple people were killed and injured in Virginia after a vehicle drove into counter-protesters who had clashed with white nationalists around a Confederate-era statue in Charlottesville. "But we will also be able to add additional signage to give the statues the appropriate context and explain how they came to be and what was going on in Lexington at that time".